Looting unrelated to seeking justice
The brazen looting of Loop stores on Sunday night and Monday morning had nothing to do with seeking social justice. It was criminality, plain and simple. It ought to have been met with the harshest police response possible.
It jeopardized efforts by many leaders to advance reform goals that could reverse economic stagnation in mostly Black areas. It gave Donald Trump greater impetus to “send in the feds.” It embarrassed Mayor Lori Lightfoot. It undermined the concept of “restorative justice.” It erased gains made by Black Lives Matter.
Among many older Chicagoans, the looting resurrected memories of Mayor Richard J. Daley’s 1968 “shoot to kill” order to the police, a directive not obeyed, in response to riots in reaction to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It strengthened current arguments by the Fraternal Order of Police for greater freedom to get tough. It has undermined Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’ more lenient approach to first-time offenders.
Chicago’s reputation has taken a hit. Lawlessness must be met with draconian measures or we risk losing Chicago to the vandals. Is our current leadership up to the task? Ted Z. Manuel, Hyde Park